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Monday, January 28, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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MOCA Jacksonville’s 2010Memphis Wood Excellence in Teaching Award

Winner receives: $1,000 cash award, free museum tour for class, and award plaque


Memphis Wood

Known as Jacksonville’s First Lady of Art, Memphis Wood made an astonishing contribution to art and art education in Jacksonville that is still felt today. As a one-woman force in building an appreciation for the arts, Memphis taught and influenced many of Jacksonville’s most successful artists. Until her death in 1989, Memphis had worked for over 60 years in Jacksonville as an artist in many media—painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry design, printmaking, and imaginative fabric collages. Memphis Wood’s connection to MOCA Jacksonville was long and personal, both as one of its founding trustees and as a longtime studio art teacher.

MOCA believes that visual art is a vital component of P-12 education. It is important not only as a distinct discipline, but also as a means of promoting student learning through integrating into other academic disciplines. Building on Memphis Wood’s devotion to art, art education, her community leadership and her conviction that art should be acces­sible to all, MOCA is proud to offer this annual award in her honor.



The competition is open to all P-12 educators in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.


Nomination Guidelines

The nominee or a second party may make nominations

Answer all questions and submit all materials as 8.5 x 11 hard copies inserted in a plain, one inch 3-ring binder as a portfolio entry (please submit print media only; no video, etc.)


Selection Committee

The selection committee will consist of community leaders involved with education and/or the arts.


NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Friday, January 29, 2010


Please submit your nomination portfolios to:

Memphis Wood Excellence in Teaching

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

333 North Laura Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202


Questions: Contact MOCA’s education department @ (904) 366-6911 x 207 or e-mail







MOCA Jacksonville’s 2010 Memphis Wood Excellence in Teaching Award

Nominee or second parties may make nominations.

Nominations are open to all P-12 First Coast teachers.






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Please describe you/the nominee’s teaching excellence by responding to each of the following questions. Please observe a 250-word limit for each answer.


How has your/the nominee’s background and experiences shaped your/their beliefs about learning and visual art?





How would you say your/the nominee’s learning beliefs are reflected in you/their daily teaching? How do these beliefs positively impact your/their students?




How has your/the nominee’s leadership experience served both students and peers? (Leadership is not always being in charge; please address volunteerism, professional development, or conference participation that demonstrates commitment to the field as a means to benefit others)






Can you describe your/the nominee’s advocacy efforts for visual art or art education in schools? (Please address overcoming limitations, community involvement, outreach efforts, and the promotion of art or art education)






What sets you/the nominee apart from others in the field? Is there other information pertaining to this nomi­nation that you would like to share? (For example, please include special recognition or awards, etc.)







Please include your/the nominee’s current resume


Please include two letters to support your/the nominee’s work for the selection committee. If the nominee is not the nominator, nominators may choose to have the nominee complete one letter themselves.


Please include other relevant print or hard-copy materials to support the nomination (articles, photos, etc) not to exceed four additional pages.

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When & Where

MOCA Jacksonville
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Monday, January 28, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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